Bourgueil wine appellation in the Loire region of France Restaurants, Wine, Travel, Opinions

Bourgueil wine appellation
Wine appellation

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Bourgueil is a wine appellation in the Loire Valley region of France which is known for some elegant Cabernet Franc wines. The appellation is quite small lying on the right bank (northern side) of the Loire just above the city of Chinon. There are eight communes included in the appellation. It is a sub-appellation of the broader Touraine appellation.
The red wines produced here are usually a deep purple in colour and some can last for many years. A little Cabernet Sauvignon can be used in the wines from here but overwhelmingly Cabernet Franc (known locally as Breton) is used. Rose wines are also permitted.
Try the Domaine Breton Bourgueil for a particularly interesting example of what this region is capable of producing. Many commentators compare the wines from here and the neighbouring St Nicholas-de-Bourgueil with those of the Medoc. The other producer to follow is Stephane Guion who makes wines of incredible purity which he sells for incredibly good prices. You can find his wines at Ten Bells in New York, Chambers Street Wines in the same city and through Living Wines in Australia.
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